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Parliament: Carbon Emissions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of the Parliamentary Estate’s carbon footprint in 2006-07. (202190)

The amount of absolute carbon being released into the atmosphere as a result of gas and electricity consumption on the Parliamentary Estate during 2006-07 was 4,015 tonnes. This figure was calculated from the monthly energy meter readings, with 10 per cent. of electricity consumption between April 2006 and January 2007 and 100 per cent. of electricity consumption between February and March 2007 derived from renewable sources.

The carbon emissions resulting from transportation have not been calculated so the direct/primary carbon footprint cannot be determined. The indirect/secondary carbon footprint cannot yet be determined either.